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Nokia’s ‘Calling All Innovators 2010’ – Winners announced

Posted in ideas by aldorf on September 20, 2010

The winners of the global Calling All Innovators contest were announced on 15 September 2010 at the 2010 Nokia Developer Summit in London. Congrats to

Eco/Being Green category

Entertainment category

Productivity category

  • Winner: BlogRadio by BlogRadio (United States)
  • First Runner-up: Ansel-A by Kristopher Kantor (United States)
  • Second Runner-up: PlanEasy2D by InfiMatra Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (India)
  • Third Runner-up: WakeUp by Roland Michelberger (Hungary)

Life Improvement category

Insights From Nokia World 2010

Posted in blog, ideas by aldorf on September 20, 2010
Pekka Kupiainen, Producers of Ovi Map Racing, ...

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Following some insights from last weeks Nokia World summit, London.

1) By 2013 over 800 million people will be using GPS enabled devices. It’s a space we intend to own.

2) Nokia announces ‘fightback’ in smartphone market

3) Social networking usage will double and navigation will increase by 90%, (via Vodafone Group)

4) Usage of mobile devices:  1/3 browse, 25% play games, 20% email, 15% social, 11% maps, 30% businesses (Vodafone Group data)

5) “Emerging Market Smartphones” will be a new category and an area of opportunity.

6) Nokia sells 260,000 smartphones daily. That’s far more than Apple and Android combined.

7) 2+ million developers globally work on Ovi apps (via Nokia data)

8) Ovi let’s you sell apps by geographic location AND demographic.

9) Nokia’s Ovi Maps is available in 78 countries and 46 languages.

A dig at Apple: “At Nokia, “connecting people” is more than a feelgood tagline”

Conspiracy For Good by Tim Kring

Posted in film, Media, web by aldorf on August 19, 2010 - "Heroes" Seas...

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Tim Kring, the man behind the entertainment concept of  ‘Heroes’, has a cool website called ‘Conspiracy for Good.’  It’s in partnership with Nokia.

Conspiracy For Good, an inaugural movement that blends online and real-world tasks to effect social change through audience participation.

Conspiracy For Good blurs the lines between fiction and reality, compelling the audience to become a part of the story with real world outcomes. It creates a new genre of entertainment which combines rich narrative, philanthropy and commerce. We call this genre “social benefit storytelling”.

It will bubble up this summer in London when the story, the action, its characters and participants takes to the streets of the city.

The Conspiracy for Good is not just a story. It is a movement. Much like it has always been, individuals are now being “tapped on the shoulder” but now electronically and asked to join this movement to continue to make the work of the Conspiracy for Good a reality with global impact. By participating, members of CFG have the opportunity to affect real word change from the environment to education, to the economy by applying their unique abilities, talents, networks and passion as an active part of the story.

Mobile Radar by NOKIA Research

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 29, 2010

The mobile radar demonstration shows how a mobile device can use an active radar sensor to measure speed and the direction of movement of approaching objects, just as traditional RADAR would. Read more:

Vodpod videos no longer available. by Nokia

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 18, 2010

The Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge is awarding the entrant with the best idea for the emerging markets a $1 million investment from Nokia.

They have fielded lots of local teams to research markets around the world and have found that Nokia needs to help make local solutions viable to increase phone usage. The world’s biggest cell phone maker has sold more than 750 million basic phones in the emerging markets over the last five years. The 1616, costs around $32, a month’s wage in many countries. Yet it sells in huge number, thanks to customized services that makes it far more useful in emerging markets. In India, Nokia has set up a system, Progress Project, to allow small business (like farms) to send transactional data back and forth via text message. So whole businesses are running on cell phones, with farmers in rural areas able to auction off onions in western India. Nokia Money service brings together payments on a global scale. It isn’t tied to a single bank, carrier, or country. It’s important because 75 percent of the world’s people still haven’t sent an email. The company hopes that developers will create many more apps that can be useful in different regions of the world, from Sesame Street educational phone apps to local business directories. (CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo at CES)

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